LEED® Certification

The building is both LEED® Certified™ and Energy Star certified; it's one of San Francisco's greenest. And though the building epitomizes the finest in cutting-edge green technologies, it has lost none of its historic charm.

old photos of the Reserve being remodeled

Designed by architect George W. Kelham and completed in 1924, the building has been a prominent landmark of the Financial District for eighty-nine years. Purchased by private developer Bently Holdings in 2005, the building was renovated to meet contemporary environmental standards, and is LEED Core and Shell Certified as a commercial interior. The upper floors are leased to several prominent San Francisco businesses, while the ground and mezzanine floors are used as a renowned conference center and special event space.

Photo by Cesar Rubio / TANNERHECHT Architecture
Photo by Cesar Rubio / TANNERHECHT Architecture

After purchasing the Old Federal Reserve, we began a major renovation of the building’s interior to make it more appealing to tenants.

Special attention was paid to preserving the original beaux-arts style of the building, while applying modern technologies and sustainable design. New flooring was selected from renewable resources, artificial lighting was designed to interact with natural sources, and a daylight harvesting system was installed. A central Building Automation and Control Network monitors occupancy and vacancy status to adjust climate control and lighting systems to save energy.

About Bently Holdings

Founded in 2001 as a sustainable luxury real estate and property holdings company, Bently Holdings has become a leader in California’s green building initiatives.

In all of our properties we use only non-toxic janitorial supplies and renewable building supplies, and have succeeded in drastically reducing power consumption. Our offices are run in an almost paperless digital environment, and we use only recycled paper products printed with natural soy inks.

This commitment extends beyond our own business space: we ask all new tenants to design and certify their office space at a minimum of LEED Silver Commercial Interiors.

For our tenants, we understand that each project is different. That’s why our management team works closely with tenants to achieve the highest level of waste diversion possible for each and every new build out, while accommodating their business needs. As a part of this goal, Anne Hill, our Property Manager, has received her LEED Green Associate credentials, making her an expert in the intricate USGBC LEED guidelines. This allows her to function as a liaison between new tenants, the United States Green Building Council, and Building Management.

Her knowledge and experience help make custom tenant build outs, retrofits, and upgrades smooth for tenants — all while alleviating many of their questions and concerns our tenants may have about LEED certification.

The places we live and work consume more than two-thirds of the nation’s electricity and one-eighth of our water; they reshape the land that provides valuable ecological resources. According to the USGBC, green buildings can conserve up to 50% energy consumption, 38% Carbon Dioxide emissions, 40% water, and 70% solid waste.

Green building also has an impact on the quality of our lives at home and the productivity of our workplaces. We spend more than 90% of our time indoors, and green buildings drastically improve the quality of the light, air, acoustics, and thermal environments in the spaces we inhabit. For businesses it’s estimated that green buildings add $20 to $160 billion to worker productivity due to improved lighting, comfort, and employee satisfaction.

"By building green, everyone profits. Owners, in particular, benefit from an increased bottom line gained through energy savings, increased productivity, reduced absenteeism and turnover, and happier employees." Ashley Kats, USGBC Spokesperson

Bently Holdings recognizes the significant impact real estate’s industry can have on the environment, and is committed to the people who live and work in its community. It takes a considerable investment to go green, but in the face of skyrocketing energy costs, stricter government regulations, and more tantalizing incentives for companies to conserve energy, its become clear that a green investment will yield much higher profits over time.

While the initial cost of building and maintaining green properties may seem to some like a luxury, to us it’s a necessity.